I, Joseph …, in order to get to my path of excellence, will obtain as much education as possible and will do my best to get good grades. I will get a job, work hard, and provide for my family. I will do my best to give service to my family, friends, community and country. I will listen to and do what my N.O.V.A. officer tells me. I will have good friends and will be a good friend. I will be a good example and positive influence on others. I will exercise and keep my body physically fit. I will be involved in church and school activities. I will be a law-abiding citizen. I will be the best I can be in everything I say and do. I will have a positive attitude about life, even when bad things may happen to me. I will avoid cigarettes, tobacco, beer, alcohol, and marijuana. I will also avoid gangs, criminal activity, and negative friends. I will avoid using swear words or crude and vulgar language. I will avoid violent, bad, and obscene TV shows, movies, and video games. I will avoid bad and obscene music. I will avoid pornography. I will avoid having a negative attitude when things in my life go wrong. I value my family and friends. I value my home, food, clean water, and all the others things that I have. I value my religion and my education. I value my country and my freedom and my rights. I value my health. I value too many things to even be able to list them all, but these are a few. The N.O.V.A. program has affected me in a very positive way. It has helped me realize that I need to be more mature. It has reminded me that life is not just about fun, but it is about hard work and responsibility, too. And when I put in that work, my life will be better and I will be happier. What I make out of my life is my choice. I can’t blame anyone else for my problems or my unhappiness. I must choose to be happy for myself, and making good choices will lead to my happiness.